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So you think you can hit the ball hard?

Published: 26 May 2007 - 09:51 by nickhitter

Updated: 04 Dec 2008 - 15:53

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Just watched a clip on YouTube of John White blasting a ball at ridicluous speed and it reminded me of something I read a while back so here's a little test I found on another forum for all you hard hitters / John white wannabes. Obviously it's hard to be very accurate with this due to court and temperature variables but it's good fun trying...!

Using a double spot ball hit straight length up and down the backhand side to yourself from near the back of the court, when the ball is suitably warmed up, and when you feel one has sat up comfortably to hit a straight kill, aim just above the tin and hit HARD as you can. Anything more than 5 inches above the tin doesn't count! 

You can hit as hard as John when the ball only bounces once, before it hits the backwall.(that's over 160mph! ) Your score is how many feet the second bounce is from the backwall so lower score the better.


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From rippa rit - 03 Dec 2008 - 16:07   -   Updated: 04 Dec 2008 - 15:53

Can anyone match John White for speed/power on a drive?  His shots are clocked at 172mph.

I was just reading his journey through squash.  During his junior days he was one of our up and coming Qld players.  He and Peter Nicol are sponsored by Prince and use a Prince 08 Speedport which is listed at the Squash shop at $189. There is a Package at $229 and includes Eyeguard, Balls, Wristband, Grip..  Does that mean it is the racket or the person handling it, or maybe a bit of both?  Mind you the racket must be pretty good just the same.  Don't forget John is 1.86m tall too, is strong, has a long reach, excellent reflexex and highly skilled.

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From rippa rit - 28 May 2007 - 07:37

Sparty yep, trying to beat John White for speed is right - I would stick to cross courts for starters where you will have more tolerance for inaccurate shots. 
There is a lot of whip in John's big hits and great timing required, so anything going down the wall could end up in disaster.
I agree, unlesss it dies as it scoots into the corner it could be a non-event.
It would be worth a try on balls that land around the middle of the court for starters, and then if successful, try moving a little closer to the wall.
Don't be scared give it a try! 

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